Hamas and its terrorist allies managed to kill four Israeli soldiers and wound another six in a mortar attack on southern Israel Monday evening, while another soldier was killed during operations inside Gaza.
Around the same time, Israeli authorities closed roads and ordered Israelis living in the vicinity of Gaza to stay in their homes following a warning that Hamas terrorists had infiltrated southern Israel. Less than an hour later, the all-clear was sounded and the IDF reported that it had engaged and eliminated at least one of the infiltrators, but at the cost of five more soldiers' lives.
The Monday evening attacks brought to 53 the number of Israeli soldiers killed thus far in Operation Protective Edge.
A short time earlier, two rockets landed in Gaza City, killing 10 people, including a number of children. One of the rockets hit Shifa Hospital, which is being used by Hamas as a headquarters, and the other struck a nearby refugee camp.
Israeli army officials said that none of their forces had fired toward that area at the time in question, but noted that Islamic Jihad had launched a number of rockets, two of which are believed to have fallen short and hit Gaza City.
In response to the renewed Hamas and Islamic Jihad attacks, the IDF has sent messages and made phone calls to the residents of several Gaza neighborhoods warning them to evacuate ahead of fresh Israeli assaults on terrorist forces located there.